The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Port of Portland names 3 finalists for executive director

From the Oregonian:

Executive Director Bill Wyatt will retire at the end of June. The port is taking public comments online through April 24, and the port commission will interview candidates in a closed meeting on May 10. It’s expected to vote on Wyatt’s successor later that month.

The finalists are:

Jonathan Daniels, executive […]


State-ownership not the solution for Portland

From Port Strategy:

The Port of Portland’s executive director has rejected a recent proposal from president of Common Sense for Oregon for the port’s Terminal 6.

Bill Wyatt believes that creating a state-owned authority, Oregon Shipping Authority (OSA), does not solve the problems which currently face the terminal.

Mr Wyatt accepted that restoring service at […]


Portland newspaper declares 'death sentence' for controversial propane terminal

In an article titled ‘Mayor Charlie Hales withdraws support for Pembina propane terminal,’ the Willamette Weekly writes:

Posters have appeared around Portland spoofing Charlie Hales’ campaign materials. Hales ran as an environmentalist and was pushing for massing propane exports that would clog existing rail lines. ILWU Local 8 has been actively opposing the project.

In […]


Port of Portland Withdraws West Hayden Island Annexation Proposal

From a Port of Portland news release:

A lengthy and complex process to annex West Hayden Island for a future marine terminal, habitat preservation and recreational amenities came to an end this week when the Port briefed its Commission and informed Portland Mayor Charlie Hales that it is formally withdrawing its consent to annex the […]


ILWU not hopeful Hanjin will stay at Port Of Portland

Click on the orange arrow to listen to the OPB interview.

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union disputes there’s a slowdown. And committeeman Leal Sundet is not hopeful about negotiations, “I don’t see Hanjin staying in Portland in the short-run,” he said.

“They may come back, they’ve been to Portland […]


ILWU 'Not Surprised' by NLRB Decision; Anticipates Favorable Ruling from Neutral Court

Published in Maritime Executive:

An Administrative Law Judge for the National Labor Relations Board issued a preliminary decision and recommended order on August 28 that the ILWU is not legally entitled to perform disputed work that is covered by the ILWU’s 80-year-old collective bargaining agreement with the union’s West Coast employers. The work was […]


Judge declines to block longshore-backed strike Sunday at Port of Portland

A Multnomah County judge declined Wednesday to block a strike that the Port of Portland claims will cause a catastrophic economic disaster.

Circuit Judge John Wittmayer rejected an emergency petition by the Port, meaning that security officers remain on track for a strike starting Sunday that’s expected to shut three terminals as longshore workers honor […]


Cargo ships to bypass Port of Portland as longshore-backed strike looms Sunday

Ocean cargo carriers are preparing to bypass the Port of Portland because of a strike planned Sunday by marine terminal security guards, Port officials said Tuesday.

Port officials plan to hire workers to replace the 25 longshore union members during a strike. But three Port terminals where the guards work are expected to shut down […]


More Labor Woes for Port of Portland

Contract talks between the Port of Portland and security guards at its container terminal that began this summer will reenter mediation on Nov. 16, but a breakdown in talks could cripple the container yard, as well as two other terminals at the port, The Oregonian reported.

ICTSI Oregon has already been involved in a dispute […]


Port of Portland container terminal founders, risking economic damage as longshore turmoil spreads

Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet commented on recent issues at ICTSI, the private, Philippines-based terminal operator that took over operations at the Port of Portland two years ago. Excerpts from the Oregonian:

Operations at Portland’s international container terminal, a workhorse of Oregon’s economy, appear increasingly tenuous as a third labor conflict surfaces and big customers waver.



The Port of Portland and the limits of generosity

The following excerpts are from a column by the Oregonian’s Steve Duin:

You can’t say the Port of Portland isn’t accommodating. Neighborly. Generous to a fault.

When the work slowdown at Terminal 6 put the screws to ICTSI Oregon, Bill Wyatt, the Port’s executive director, stepped up and voluntarily agreed to reimburse the Philippines-based […]


ILWU Sues Port of Portland for Unlawful $4.7 Million Payout to ICTSI

Union says Port’s giveaways of public funds to private corporations violate federal law and Oregon Constitution; demands all funds remain in public hands

PORTLAND,OR (August 16, 2012) — Today, the ILWU filed a federal lawsuit against the Port of Portland and Bill Wyatt, its Executive Director, for unlawfully gifting nearly $5 million in public funds […]


Port OKs $4.7M to cover excess costs from labor dispute

Excerpts from the Portland Business Journal:

The Port of Portland Commission on Wednesday approved paying up to $4.6 million to the company that operates the Terminal 6 container yard to cover excess costs associated with an ongoing labor dispute involving longshore workers.

The decision was almost immediately criticized by the International Warehouse and Longshore Union, […]


Port of Portland’s surprise $4.7 million payout to ICTSI is abuse of public trust

PORTLAND, OR (August 8, 2012) – Yesterday, the Port of Portland made a last minute addition to the agenda for today’s Port of Portland Commission Meeting. In a move that the Port characterized as a “Cost-Sharing Agreement Between the Port of Portland and ICTSI Oregon, Inc.,” Port officials proposed to allocate $4,664,356 to ICTSI to […]


Brookings Institution highlights Portland area for soaring exports, urges region to ship more, boosting jobs

Intel accounts for 60 percent of Oregon’s exports to China, according to Bill Wyatt, executive director of the Port of Portland.

Metro Portland ranked third among the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas in terms of the share — 18.2 percent — that exports made up of the metro area’s economy in 2010. The Portland […]